Foley Amongst Friends and Ready to Roar

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 12:36 PM

Last weekend Subiaco fans got their first look at Luke Foley in the Maroon and Gold since his 2018 Colts season and for those at the game, they would have been impressed with what they saw.  The 24-year-old still believes his best footy is in front of him and he showed a good combination of winning his own ball and some dashing runs through the midfield. 

For Foley, a return to the Lions, following five years at Eagles which netted him 32 AFL games, sees him back playing with friends from the 2018 Colts Premiership side who have become consistent League players.  

"My last year was 2018 in the Colts; we won the flag so it was a good year. Beauie was coaching, and few of the boys like the Hickmotts and Faraones and Ben Golding were playing as well."  

Luke's friendship with Subi star Liam Hickmott was formed in primary school and through the Sorrento Duncraig JFC and this year could see him spending time in the midfield with his old mate and fellow SDJFC product Greg Clark who are both taller midfield options.

"Yeah, I wanted to come back, obviously I’ve got some good mates here. The success of the group, looking from afar, obviously in those first couple of years there was a premiership or two and a couple of the boys I played with were in one of those. Then last year they were obviously one win away from being in the grand final. I like what's being built here and that attracted me back." 

Foley hasn't given up on playing more AFL and is hoping to spend more time in the midfield after playing predominantly as a back with the Eagles.  

"Yeah I do see myself in the midfield this year. I left as a midfielder and then sort of played a variety of roles while I was at West Coast. It has been refreshing to get back in the midfield and I’m hoping to be able to finish off sneaking forward with a few goals".

Foley is on track to make his League debut over the Easter weekend, and this will be a proud moment for him, "Yeah, yeah obviously I haven’t played a league game yet so it’s exciting to pull on the jumper with the other boys, I’m excited for round one."

Outside of footy Foley is studying to be a teacher "I’ve gone back to uni full-time teaching; I’m doing secondary physical education. I’ve been doing it part-time knocking off a few units while I was at the Eagles, but I've gone back full-time which has been a change but also enjoyable. I’m at ECU Joondalup back on-campus. I’ve got myself a casual job just to fit-in in the meantime, gives me something to do so I’m not just sitting around."

Foley presents as a laid back character and will no doubt be a steadying voice out on the field with his AFL experience and will be an asset to the club, “Yeah the body is feeling great, this time last year I had a few issues, so at the moment I’m healthy and I'm feeling good. No niggles, no complaints.”